Council of Elders Weekly Call to Prayer

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Loving God, teach us your wisdom through stories of peoples, communities and our lives. Teach us the wisdom of our MCC heritage and from our forbearers. Speak to us through our worship, our fellowship and our conversations. May we have the silent and discerning heart to listen to you and one another, but most especially to the cries, laughter and hopes of the poor, the marginalized and the rejected of our world.

We pray for those whom you have called to study theology and ministry in preparation for ordained ministry. We pray for lay leaders who continue to learn and teach in our churches. We ask this prayer for the continuing learning and development of our leaders, members and communities so in doing we may continue to participate in the work of justice and love in the world. For it is only in the realities of life, the use of our critical thinking and the sincere opening of our hearts that we truly learn, grow and are formed by and through your Spirit of truth and compassion.  These and many other things we pray in all that is Holy and Loving and through Jesus whom we follow. Amen.

Mapagmahal na Diyos, turuan mo kami ng iyong karunungan na masusumpungan sa mga kwento, sa mga kumunidad at sa aming mga buhay. Turuan mo kami ng karunungan mula sa kasaysayan ng MCC at ng aming mga na-una at nanguna sa amin. Mangusap ka sa amin sa pananambahan, sa pakikipagkaisa at sa aming mga pag-uusap. Nawa’y magkaron kami ng tahimik at mapanuring puso upang marinig ka at ang bawat isa, at higit sa lahat sa mga pagtangis, sa mga pagtawa at sa mga pangarap ng mga mahihirap, marginalized at mga itinatakwil ng mundong ito.
Aming dinadalangin sa iyo ang mga lingkod mong tinawa upang mag-aral ng teolohiya at ministeryo para sa ordinasyon ng pagpapastor. Gayun din pinagdadasal namin ang aming mga layko na patuloy na nag-aaral at nangangaral sa aming mga simbahan.
And aming mga dalangin na ito ay nakatuon at naka-ugat sa patuloy na pag-aaral, pagyabong ng aming mga leaders, members at mga kumunidad upang sa pagkatututo kami ay patuloy na makibahagi sa gawain ng katarungan at pag-ibig sa mundo. Pagkat sa realided lamang ng buhay, sa pagkamit ng ating kritikal na pag-iisip at pagbubukas ng aming puso lamang kami tunay na natututo, lumalago at nahuhubog sa pamamagitan ng iyong Espirito ng katotohanan at habag. Eto at marami pang ibang bagay ang aming ipinapanalangin sa ngalan ng lahat ng banal at mapagmahal at sa panngalan ni Hesus na aming sinusundan. Amen.

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JOSEPH SAN JOSE
LAY PASTORAL LEADER
MCC Quezon City
Philippines


Find a tree, find one quickly.  Put your hands on the trunk, or lean your aching head in and rest your third eye on the bark, you could sit down and lean your heart against the wood, maybe if appropriate (or not) and possible…climb up and have a seat.  However you connect with this creation that is simultaneously rooted and playing in the wind the one thing you must absolutely do is…

Breeeeeeeeathe
Breeeeeeeeathe
Breeeeeeeeathe

“After saying this, Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit…” (John 20:22).

Let the Spirit come and live in us so that every breath is a prayer.
Find a tree, find one quickly.
Repeat daily.

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REV. S. DAVID WYNN
LEAD PASTOR
Agape MCC
Fort Worth, Texas, USA


Holy Ruah,
You who are the air that drives us,
The wind that blows our bodies,
To thee we pray, breathe in us!

Holy Ruah,
You who are the invisible mystery of the Trinity,
Force that can not be contained,
To thee we pray, move on us!

Holy Ruah,
You who are the maternal power of creation,
Who makes living beings give birth,
To thee we pray, bear in us!

Holy Ruah,
Embrace the Metropolitan Community Churches,
Dispel us from what separates us,
Kiss us with compassion,
Involve us in the power of your love,
Penetrate us with sorority,
To thee we pray, Sweet Holy Ruah, find pleasure in us.

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ANA ESTER FREIRE
Feminist Theologian
Religious Studies Doctorate Student
MCC BELO HORIZONTE
Brazil


Holy God, the Almighty Creator, the settler of the displaced. May you raise up and listen to the cries of the suffering and hungry people that have been thrown into seeking asylum and being refugees in foreign lands.

O God, you created this world to be self-replenishing in its own resources to be able to feed every creature of your creation that walks the lands, but why God have you let your children be so spiteful, resentful and grow cold hearts towards those that are lacking in one way or other? Why God do you let your people fear the unknown about their fellow brothers and sisters that have managed to migrate and escape brutality or persecution? And lastly God, why do you let humanity, your best creation, make some people refugees?

O Holy God Almighty, I call upon your loving grace to calm down the anger that’s bottling up into people’s hearts and also turn every negative and evil thought towards asylum seekers and refugees into cool heads and loving souls.

Please God, I raise my prayers unto you that this world may find a way to live in harmony and peace without both natural and artificial disasters that push humanity into diaspora.

Dear God, may you touch the hearts of all the leaders in those countries that are either harbouring brutal regimes holding their people hostage into unending crisis like Sudan, Syria, and Somalia or facing dictatorship, like my own country Uganda, to disown the evil acts of LGBTI persecution and brutal treatment and torture of political opponents. I pray for an end to the violence perpetuated by all those rebel groups like Isis, Al-Shabaab, ADF (Joseph Kony) etc.

Also, God, may you continue to bless and provide for first world countries like America, Great Britain, Australia etc. that offer a warm-hearted welcome towards refugees. Help them to overcome any political opponents with cold hearts spreading malevolent propaganda into the public for their own selfish political gains.

Dear God, in your hands, I place my cries and thoughts towards goodness, better settlement, refugee integration and an ultimate ending of wars and disasters on our planet, so that peace, happiness and love may prevail and prosper.

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ALEX MATOVU
MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR
MCC North London, England


Dear God and dear Lord Jesus,

Please take away all illness, sorrows and fears. Make that no houses are burnt anymore. And make peace on Earth and take away war and injustice. We thank you for the beautiful community we have through MCC. We thank you that we all got a bed and something to eat. We pray for the poor all around the world, who have no home nor something to eat. Feed them with all that they need.

I want to ask you, Lord Jesus, for forgiveness of all of my sins, and thank you that you died for our sins on the cross.

In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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NASCHI-JOHN ROSS
MEMBER
MCC Cologne, Germany


The Zulu greeting used in South Africa,
Sawubona” simply means
“I see you” and the response
Ngikhona” means
“I am here”, and so we pray together this week:

God, when we gather for communal worship, we dance and praise to the rhythm of the beat singing:

Sawubona – “I see You”
And You respond: Ngikhona – “I Am Here”

When we look at the mysteries and wonders of all creation, we declare with deep admiration:

Sawubona – “I see You”
And You respond: Ngikhona – “I Am Here”

When rain softly soaks the dry, drought driven earth, our thoughts quietly proclaim:

Sawubona – “I see You”
And You respond: Ngikhona – “I Am Here”

When we observe one human gently and generously helping another, we whisper:

Sawubona – “I see You”
And You respond: Ngikhona – “I Am Here”

When we look to the cross and see the compassion driven sacrifice, our forgiven souls humbly respond in gratitude:

Sawubona – “I see You”
And You respond: Ngikhona – “I Am Here”
When we breathe in Spirit who searches all things, even the unfathomable things of You oh God, our hearts cry out:
Sawubona – “I see You”
And You respond: Ngikhona – “I Am Here”

When we pause long enough to meditate and pray, to honour our soul’s longing, we will hear Your tender voice saying to us:
Sawubona – “I see you”
And we respond: Ngikhona – “I Am Here”

Selah…..
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REV. BEULAH DURRHEIM
PASTOR
Good Hope MCC
Cape Town, South Africa


Sometimes I pray quietly and reflect about a few moments of Mary’s life that surely happened, and that I like because it happened in silence. At the end, it is true prayers that are hidden in our room or in the monastery of our heart.

I want to remember the moment when Mary’s parents made love and conceived their daughter in silence.

I want to remember the whole life of Mary, who spent it  in silence, she did not travel like Paul, but was much more humble and greater than Paul.

I want to remember the day Mary was born from the womb of her mother.

I want to remember the moment when Mary decided to give herself to God.

I want to remember Mary’s engagement with Joseph.

Notwithstanding the normality of these acts and the fact that none of the important people of that time realized anything, God was preparing His Revelation among us.

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Daniele Pertici
Il Cerchio MCC
Milano, Italy


We are alive but a small moment in infinite time. You, God, are the creator of time. We claim this when we affirm that you set the universe in motion and separated day from night. We also claim that every life is precious in your sight, no matter how long or how short in our calculating of time.

So, we thank you for those who have come before us, especially in MCC. Thank you for the lives that have been touched and changed by MCC’s message of Your love for every person.
God, help us to live each moment we are alive. Empower us to see the capacity that our lives have to make a difference in someone else’s life.

May we know that our prayers join the prayers of all your people in this moment. Amen.

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REV. ELDER DR. CANDACE R. SHULTIS
Senior Pastor, King of Peace MCC, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
MCC Council of Elders


God of love who made us in your own image,
We thank you for the diverse tapestry of your creation.
With the stars, moon, sun, and sky,
We praise you in glory and uncertainty.
With the flowers that bloom with vigor and fragrance,
We strive to live our lives as brilliantly and beautifully as we can.
With the leaves that turn from green to yellow, orange, and red,
We marvel at the stunning power of change.
God, today be with us as we dwell in the tension between peace and conflict,
Love and loss, birth and death.
Grant us opportunities to be your voice of justice and mercy today.
Allow us to notice ways you are present in our world.
Challenge us to find you in difficult people and places.
With the breath between our lips that cools upon entry and warms upon exit,
Bind us together as a global community that works in your name.
As we start our day, we offer these prayers of our hearts:
–          For the tasks of our day and the people in our lives…
–          For Metropolitan Community Churches…
–          For our global community…
God, hold these prayers in your tenderness and grant us assurance
that you are at work within, around, and between us.
Amen.

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LAUREN BENNETT
MCC Conference Coordiator and Divinity Student at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC


Oh Glorious God – through your manifest Grace we begin this day anew, overflowing with your Divine Love.  We celebrate and give thanks for your Church, that in and with and through MCC we find community, solace, forgiveness and the succor of ultimate acceptance and love. Now filled with Your Spirit, guide us to share that radically inclusive love and acceptance with everyone we encounter today, for while their journey is different, we all share the same path.  Let our example to our fellow sojourners reflect the Gospel of Our Savior, that they may see that Light Immutable that shines in our hearts.  And may you bring us to the end of this day enveloped by that Peace which passes all understanding.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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Craig Cranston
Member of King of Peace MCC, St. Petersburg, FL USA


God of Justice and Mercy, as we enter this month of Pride celebrations, we are mindful that though we have come a long way, we have a long way to go. We especially give You thanks for those who may have felt marginalized by our own community, including drag queens and leather-people, who were the first to step up and out and made the way for our liberation. We give You thanks for those who gave of their financial resources to give our movement momentum. And we give you thanks for the ordinary TLGB people who marched, made phone calls and in other ways made their presence known and changed history.

During this month, may we remain strong in Your Spirit as we celebrate and remember all of those who have made a way for us out of no way. May Your Justice and Mercy remain ever before us as we continue the struggle for all of Your people. Amen.

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REV. ELDER DR. CANDACE R. SHULTIS
Senior Pastor, King of Peace MCC, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
MCC Council of Elders


God of Life,
Jesus, King of Peace,
Holy Spirit, Lord of Dance and Music,

the assassin at the concert in Manchester killed 23 people including himself.

Help us pray.

Comfort everyone who lost their children, relatives, loved ones and friends.
Revive everyone who lost their hope.
Touch everyone who lost their belief in a common future and the means of peace.
Heal everyone who lost their respect for people with religions and life-styles other than their own.

Attacks and bombings often are supposed to kill cultural values as well.

Bless everyone who opened their doors and their hearts in the midst of tears and fears.
Bless everyone who shared money, food, blood, homes and time.
Bless everyone who hold up signs stating “Fear divides, love unites” and “Love for all, hatred for none”.
Bless everyone to understand these actions and words as an encouraging example.

Help us continue to tearing down walls and buliding up hope – for and with people both inside and outside of Europe.

In your many names we pray.
Amen.

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REV. ELDER INES-PAUL BAUMANN
MCC COUNCIL OF ELDERS


Holy Creator,

We come before you as your beloved children wandering often in a world of uncertainty and chaos, but resting in the assurance you have provided that we do not do this alone for you are always with us. May we each know your peace that fills our souls even when we do not recognize it.

We ask that your Divine Spirit guide us as we walk each day in the knowledge that you will never forsake us and may we be reminded that Jesus walked on this earth and experienced much of the turmoil and suffering that we face. May we live each day by the example that has been given to us through that walk and not become discouraged.

We lift up our churches across this world asking that each may find blessings in sharing together in this movement for inclusivity, empowerment of the disenfranchised and seeing love win out over hate daily. Remind us, as only you can do, that miracles are not just found in the writings of the sacred texts but also in our daily lives as seek your will.

Amen

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PHIL GRIFFIN
MCC of Topeka, Topeka, KS, Lay Delegate and Co-Coordinator of the MCC LEAD (Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship) Program in North America


Most loving and gracious God,

We Your children come here, first and foremost, to say “Thank you” for being our God.
We ask You to go with Your people.

Lift them up, strengthen them, guide them, let them know that as long as they keep You at the center of their heart, You will guide and direct their path.

God, even though the path may seem dark for some of Your children, we pray Your ever-burning light will shine through.

Help them to realize it is just a cloud passing over their horizon, and Your radiant beams of light will once again shine through.

Now God, as we look to Your nation and world, we ask You to wrap your arms around those who have said “Yes” to leading.

Remind them it doesn’t matter if they are leading a small social club or a large nation or country, that their Number One focus should be the uplifting of the people You have put in their charge.

Let them know that together, and with You, we are strong, but separated from You, we shrink to nothing.

Finally, God, be with our Interim Moderator, Senior Leadership Team, Governing Board and Council of Elders as they persevere, for they have been called for a time such as this.

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BARRY HUNDLEY
City of Light MCC, Co-Coordinator of the MCC LEAD (Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship) Program


Wonderful Creator
Standing in the red ochre sand of the Simpson Desert, I hear a song
A song being sung by people all across the globe
I walk in faith towards the singing
To the north, towards the tropics and into Asia and Europe
To the west, towards the coast and across the Indian ocean to Africa and the Middle East
To the south, to the Antarctic winds as they meet the Great Australian Bite
To the east, where the golden sands disappear into the waters of the Pacific Ocean
Open us to this connection
Encourage us to LEAD
Inspire all to sing the song
We pray in your many beautiful names
Amen

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PJ DWYER
MCC LEAD (Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship), Coordinator for Australasia


Holy Spirit, we acknowledge Your presence with us always.
We worship You and are grateful for Your wise counsel, Your healing power,
and Your desire for the realm of heaven to be manifest in Your world today.
We lift up Your denomination,
Metropolitan Community Churches,
as we stand in the “tragic gap”[1] of what is and what might be.
Be with us to build communities to sustain ourselves,
to balance us between cynicism on the one side,
and idealistic irrelevancy on the other side,
which border the “tragic gap”.
Lead us in paths of personal integrity,
remembering the words of Isaiah,
which Christ took up as his personal call:
“The Spirit of the Holy is upon me,
because the Holy has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
The Holy has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, . . .
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of God’s favor.”[2] May it be so.[1] See Parker Palmer, http://www.couragerenewal.org/democracyguide/v36/

[2] Luke 4:18-19

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ELDER NANCY MAXWELL
Convener of the Council of Elders, Co-Coordinator of the MCC LEAD (Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship) Program